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Thursday, 21 August 2003
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Mr Fitzgibbon asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 28 May 2003:

(1) What was the number of (a) general practitioners, and (b) specialists in the electoral division of Hunter in (i) 1996, (ii) 2000, and (iii) currently

(2) What was the ratio per 1000 of population of (a) general practitioners, and (b) specialists in the electoral division of Hunter in (i) 1996, (ii) 2000, and (iii) currently

(3) What is the number and percentage of (a) general practitioners, and (b) specialists in the electoral division of Hunter that bulk billed in (i)1996, (ii) 2000, and (iii) currently


Mr Andrews (Minister for Ageing) —The Minister for Health and Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) The number of general practitioners and specialists who practised under Medicare in the electoral division of Hunter and who had claims processed by the Health Insurance Commission in 1996, 2000 and 2002 was as follows:

Year

General Practitioners

Specialists

1996

111

55

2000

106

70

2002

111

73

(2) The ratio per 1000 of population of general practitioners and specialists who practised under Medicare in the electoral division of Hunter and who had claims processed by the Health Insurance Commission in 1996, 2000 and 2002 was as follows:

Year

General Practitioners

Specialists

1996

0.91

0.44

2000

0.83

0.55

2002

0.85

0.56

(3) The number and percentage of general practitioners and specialists who practised under Medicare in the electoral division of Hunter and who had any bulk bill claims processed by the Health Insurance Commission in 1996, 2000 and 2002 was as follows:

Year

General Practitioners

Specialists

Number%

Number%

1996

107

96.4

38

69.4

2000

101

95.3

47

66.9

2002

106

95.6

53

72.3

The above statistics relate to providers of at least one service for which Medicare benefits were paid in the period in question.

In general terms, practitioners with more than 50 per cent of Schedule fee income from Medicare in the December quarter of the year in question were taken to be general practitioners. All other practitioners, including optometrists and dentists, who had claims processed in the year in question were regarded as specialists.

Practitioners were allocated to the electoral division of Hunter based on their principal practice postcode in the December quarter of the year in question. Where postcodes overlapped the electoral division boundaries, practitioners and their associated services were factored using data from the Census of Population and Housing showing the proportion of the population of the postcode in the electorate.

To the extent that some practitioners have more than one active provider number there will be some multiple counting of providers.